• Says political campaign advert unfair
The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has condemned in strong terms the political campaign advertorial on several media outlets by All Progressive Congress (APC) that seems to question the integrity and sincerity of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Chief Alex Badeh, in the ongoing counter-terrorism operations against Boko Haram terrorists in the North-East.
The Director of Defence Information (DDI), Maj-Gen. Chris Olukolade, said in a statement on Wednesday that the advert, which cited that Badeh could not meet the deadline he set for the defeat of Boko Haram and later a ceasefire with the sect, was unfair to the office and the military.
“The DHQ views with strong exception the political campaign advert by a political party which is currently airing on several television channels targeting the person and office of CDS for denigration”, Olukolade said.
In the said advert, he noted, vile references were made to the Defence Chief’s leadership of the ongoing counter-terrorism operation in some parts of the country.
According to him, the advert is simply typical of the now very common use of the print, electronic and social media to propagate the campaign of attacking or ridiculing the Nigerian Armed Forces all with the intention of scoring political points.